Pinpoint Weather: Strong storms approach from the west today, gusty winds a concern

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There will be a line of showers moving into the western portion of our viewing area around Noon today with the potential to generate gusty winds and brief rounds of heavy rain. Before all that, we will warm up nicely into the upper 60s to low 70s.

Although the timing is tricky, the latest computer run has the line of heavy rain arriving over the spine of the Appalachian Range by around 1 or 2 pm.

So, since the air ahead of the storms will be mild, possibly reaching the low 70s by the early afternoon, most schools of thought are that the rain and cloud cover will have a tough time generating enough energy for thunderstorms. I do feel there will be enough to generate gusty winds. The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has placed a portion of the region under the Marginal Risk for strong to severe storms. Gusty winds are expected to be the main threat.

The winds will be in the 15 – 25 mph range with some locations hitting gusts near 40 mph. Overall today will not be a good day to inflate the holiday lawn decorations as Frosty may lose his magic hat.

Once the rain exits the region the winds will still be noticeable. The direction will be from the NW later tonight and into Sunday meaning cooler air is slate to arrive. Chilly weather tonight will follow the rain. Highs on Sunday will be in the 50s, about 20 degrees cooler than today.

The dry pattern is expected to last through the new work week, but the cooler air will not. Highs will be in the 60s starting Monday and lasting until at least Friday.

Stay Safe,
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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